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[News] Eisenberg: Ray Lewis' Timing Is Just About Perfect

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Not only is Lewis walking away on a high note, he's giving teammates extra playoff motivation too.

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To get to fulfill that pledge while also retiring as a starter on a playoff team, after a Hall of Fame career, well, if that doesn%u2019t qualify as the perfect time to walk away, what does?

Walking away like Warren Sap and Michael Strahan did, right after winning the Lombardi trophy. That would qualify as picture perfect timing. He doesn't deserve any less. I hope this channels the fire and everyone balls out the next 4 games. At the very least he should be able to avenge past playoff defeats against Payton and Tom. Would love to see him notch a couple of sacks against those two.
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This should teach me a valuable lesson. I never had the opportunity to go to the bank or see Ray play live in a stadium. I promised myself that I would go see Ray and the Ravens in a home game next year (hopefully the home opener). Now, I still want to go but I am sad that I never had the opportunity to witness the insanity, the madness that everyone talks about when he walks out of the tunnel.

You have to make the most out of every day and take advantage of the opportunity you have today because you never know what will happen tomorrow. I waited till "tomorrow" to go see him and "tomorrow" he will not be there.

Hopefully they Ravens make it to the Superbowl that way I can pay an arm and leg for a ticket but at least I will be able to see him play before he goes into the sunset.

Ray please 1 more year (unless we win the Lombardi). Your son is going to college yes, but he will be a Freshman. Freshmen barely play. He could very well be riding pine his entire first year. Give us 1 more year then go be the perfect daddy. Just 1 more.
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Ray Lewis is such a class act and I like his decision to be there for his son. What a good father he is and I really hope we can make it to the Super Bowl to give him a shot at another Super Bowl MVP. That would be an awesome way to go out!
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[quote name='Shaky End of the Quarter' timestamp='1357167531' post='1287405']
This should teach me a valuable lesson. I never had the opportunity to go to the bank or see Ray play live in a stadium. I promised myself that I would go see Ray and the Ravens in a home game next year (hopefully the home opener). Now, I still want to go but I am sad that I never had the opportunity to witness the insanity, the madness that everyone talks about when he walks out of the tunnel.

You have to make the most out of every day and take advantage of the opportunity you have today because you never know what will happen tomorrow. I waited till "tomorrow" to go see him and "tomorrow" he will not be there.

Hopefully they Ravens make it to the Superbowl that way I can pay an arm and leg for a ticket but at least I will be able to see him play before he goes into the sunset.

Ray please 1 more year (unless we win the Lombardi). Your son is going to college yes, but he will be a Freshman. Freshmen barely play. He could very well be riding pine his entire first year. Give us 1 more year then go be the perfect daddy. Just 1 more.
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Ray is going out on his terms. For his family and his peace. He made a promise to RLIII that if he went to college on a scholarship, he would be there. All you have is your word.

Stubhub has tickets and I'm sure there will be scalpers. It will be a serene yet dreamlike moment waiting for Ray Ray to exit the tunnel. If you can find a way to go, you should. You'll always remember it. I know I will.
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The City that reed 20, I know Strahan and Sap are not half the player Lewis is. My comment was never a comparison of talent, just a scenario of how to walk out 100% on top as league champions. I was referencing solely the "perfect timing" scenario.

Slowboater, I couldn't agree more with you. I know I will cherish the moment for the rest of my life. And I know Ray is going out on his terms primarily because of the promise he made his son. If I only lived in Bmore or in the continental US it would be a little easier to make my way over to the bank. With just a few days till game day it will be hard to be able to make it. Hopefully this team is SB bound, that will give me the best opportunity to see him (although it won't be at the bank, but I guess I could live with that) lol.
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[quote name='Shaky End of the Quarter' timestamp='1357167531' post='1287405']
This should teach me a valuable lesson. I never had the opportunity to go to the bank or see Ray play live in a stadium. I promised myself that I would go see Ray and the Ravens in a home game next year (hopefully the home opener). Now, I still want to go but I am sad that I never had the opportunity to witness the insanity, the madness that everyone talks about when he walks out of the tunnel.

You have to make the most out of every day and take advantage of the opportunity you have today because you never know what will happen tomorrow. I waited till "tomorrow" to go see him and "tomorrow" he will not be there.

Hopefully they Ravens make it to the Superbowl that way I can pay an arm and leg for a ticket but at least I will be able to see him play before he goes into the sunset.

Ray please 1 more year (unless we win the Lombardi). Your son is going to college yes, but he will be a Freshman. Freshmen barely play. He could very well be riding pine his entire first year. Give us 1 more year then go be the perfect daddy. Just 1 more.
[/quote] i feel u. I've never been to a Ravens game but have always planned on attending at least one, just to see number 52 come out of the tunnel and do his dance. That was on my bucket list and now im sad that he is actually done after this season. I know he's old but I thought he had at least one year left in him. I understand his reason though, he's a great father!

Still, its hard to picture the Ravens without The Raven :(
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[quote name='TheCityThatReeds20' timestamp='1357169592' post='1287448']
strahan walked out on his own terms after a championship and he is half the player #52 is. The stars have aligned.
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Same goes for Jerome Bettis.

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The energy is this upcoming game, is going to be insane! I really do hope I can grab a last second ticket, in the words of Bart Scott CANT WAIT!
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Timing may be perfect, but still hard to accept.....Best wishes always, to the greatest player that ever has and ever will put on a Ravens uniform. Retire #52 when Ray plays his last game, hopefully in 4 more games.
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Simply: Thank you God for bring this man into all our lives. I have been there since 96 and my life is better now because of Ray Lewis. Thanks Ray. See ya Sunday. I love you Brother!
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[u][b][i]"We owe it to Ray and to the fans to keep him out there playing as long as possible," [/i][/b][/u]Ravens safety Bernard Pollard said.

^ then do that! Win...Win....and keep on Winning throughout the playoffs and then ultimately...WIN the Superbowl! send Ray out right!

~Mili
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I was born in 1997, and I never got to watch Lewis play live. It was always my dream, I've been saving up to come to Baltimore to watch him play, I'll still come but i wanteed to see my favorite player play.
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We just became Super Bowl Favorites... Ray is leaving us with one last gift... He knows this will motivate this team and this city just at the right time... Thanks Ray!
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Basically everything Ray did his entire time with that Ravens was perfect, so this comes as no surprise.
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First thing I said was...timing. That has always been Ray's m.o. What's best for his team. No matter what happens, Ray surely knew this would spark the team, and perhaps help them get to the ultimate goal. We are so lucky to have watched his career.
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You know you hear all these statements about how our guys are dealing with the news. Suggs calls him general already and Ed is probably at a loss of words, but I really felt the emotion when Rice said that he felt like he was one of his kids. Lil ray grew up without a father and sugar might have been the closest thing he had to a father figure. And that's just what Ray might have been to bmore, a father figure for all the hopefuls out there who need that guidance. I just hope we can make him proud.
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I'm not surprised by the timing. Great awareness is part of Ray Lewis. Ray goes out a Champion. He has a ring. He wants his final team to have one too. The final objective.
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We are going to win this all for Ray and no one else. He's going to hold up at that trophy one last time and bask in the glow of being a champion.
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I honestly think that if the Ravens hadn't been on the door step of the Superbowl last year, that he would already have retired.

It truly is an end of an era, not just fro Ray and the Ravens, but for all of us fans who have been watching from day one. There are no original Ravens left from the move from Cleveland, or that first draft, and now, the legend himself is hanging it up. We all love Ray, as a player, and a person. Very few people have ever touched a team, a fan base, or a community as Ray Lewis has these past 17 years. When I have kids, I will be happy to say that I had the pleasure of watching this man, this legend, play the game for 17 years. I will be proud to say that this man is one of the most influential figures I have come across, and pushed me to wanting to coach football. The Baltimore Ravens will never be the same without Ray in the game, or on the sidelines. Even when he's injured, you know he's still a part of the game, but now, it's like losing a part of your family. It just won't be the same, and no one can replace him. Many will try, but none will succeed. Maybe when his son(s) get through college, they make it into the NFL and make a fraction of the impact as their dad has. Here's to Ray Lewis. Forever a Raven, forever part of Baltimore.
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This man is the reason I became a die hard Ravens fan! Every time I hear his pregame speeches it gets me fired up just to watch the game. It makes me want to get some friends together for a pickup game just so I can hit somebody. I'm not saying that this is gonna take us to the super bowl but its definitely gonna make these guys fly around the field and give 110%. I'm excited to see if anything comes out of this. Even if it doesn't I still bleed purple and black till I die!
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Ray Lewis turned me into the die hard ravens fan i am today, it is gonna feel weird not seeing 52 in the headlines of training camp next year, or coming out of that tunnel opening night, but every chapter of life comes to an end. He has done more than wonderful things for this organization, and his number needs to be retired when we celebrate winning this years super bowl next season at our first home game. Im gonna miss watching Ray so much, but i will always feel good knowing i got to watch this man play.
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